With my head down looking for stray weeds and new buds I had failed until today to notice that the Amelanchier lamarkii in the cobbled circle was in full flower and may have been so for a few days. Unlike the trees in the woodland and the hedge, which I can see from house, the position of this unassuming beauty is such that I am already distracted by other discoveries by the time I get to that part of the garden and I must have walked underneath it several times a day without noticing it either – maybe I could blame it on my lack of height, needing a stepladder to get in a position to capture the pinky white flowers and soft coppery leaves.
Whilst admiring the amelanchier, I also noticed how well the two blue & white beds are filling out; even this early in the season the existing plants are bulking up nicely, and although the only colour evident so far, apart from green, is from pansies, muscari, brodiaea, brunnera and recycled hyacinths there is the suggestion of great promise from their companions. Both these beds were planted up for the first time last year, although a few plants came from a previous border, and even if there is no real coherence later there will be the substance to play around with, rearranging plants to benefit the borders.
Whilst weeding here yesterday, I realised that there were new shoots on the Caryopteris ‘Worcester Blue’ which was moved here from a pot because it was struggling and seemingly doomed to failure – not so, which was a pleasant surprise. What remains a mystery, though, is what this plant is:
It reappeared this year with fresh almost lime green shoots in February and it was a number of weeks before I realised that this was the same plant that I briefly mistook for a self-seeded cosmos last year. It grew to about 3 feet tall and although it looked as if it was going to produce flowers from the clusters of soft leaves it never did – so what is it? The leaves almost look herb-like and are beautifully finely cut, not too dissimilar to the geranium on its left. Any ideas anyone?